December 2018
In This Issue
Quote from Leadership Material
Summer reads.
Executive Presence 2019
As we really start to get to know others, as we begin to listen to each other's stories, things begin to change. We begin the movement from exclusion to inclusion, from fear to trust, from closedness to openness, from judgment and prejudice to forgiveness and understanding.
- Jean Vanier, Becoming Human
 Summer reads
I love reading. There's few things as satisfying as curling up in the warm summer shade with a book. I am a voracious reader of business books and articles, biographies and autobiographies, detective stories written by women, and contemporary fiction. I become a fan of particular authors and read all they have written. Within moments, I am transported out of my own life and into others lives. I'm lucky to know a number of business authors and love reading their books and discovering what they are thinking, or how they work.  
I have just read two books; 'Tombland' is a historical fiction by C J Sanson and the second by chef José Andrés, 'We fed an island', a story of the approach by on the ground entrepreneur rs versus international aid agencies in the rebuilding of post hurricane Puerto Rico.  
As a writer I love seeing how authors approach their story as much as the story itself. Sanson sets Mathew Shardlake, lawyer, social commentator and detective in the post Henry 8th period, drawn into  an early riveting murder. He is then caught into profound social and historical dramas and political conniving, yet holds true to his original quest throughout this 866 page story.  
Andrés recounts his intuition and astute reading of what's in front of him, to help rebuild  Puerto Rico by cooking and personally delivering nutritious meals to a devastated population. He slams the international aid agency professionals who focus on planning, contracting and stockpiling rather than delivering immediate solutions through local people. 'We fed an Island' is a study of planning over action, procedures over people, planting solutions vs doing what matters to people. The book describes the clash between bureaucracy and innovation and the author takes no prisoners.    
Waiting for me is the audio version of Michelle Obama's book 'Becoming' and the funny David Sedaris ' Holidays on ice'. On 5th January, copies of my US colleagues Constance Dierickx and Linda Henman's book arrives, ' The Merger Mindset.'     
What is taking your attention as you refresh over summer? 
Diana Jones © December 2018
Leadership material: the perfect Christmas gift for anyone working in organisations.   
A chance meeting in Atlanta earlier this year resulted in my being guest tutor of personal and organisation change to final year students in leadership and management at the University of Nevada. My book leadership Material was their text. This was an interactive skype session. The students openness and their ease in interacting with both me and one another deeply impressed me. They asked great questions. This skype session was an innovation for both them and me. One student set a goal for his first year of work as being known as the problem solver. His success measure was when I am in the room, people know we are going to move things forward. Imagine beginning your professional life and having that impact.   
The February programme is full.
Executive Presence May 2019 dates are:
Friday 26th April, 8.30 - 12.30pm
Friday 3rd May 8.30 - 12.30pm
Friday 10th May 8.30 - 12.30pm
This programme is for DCE's, GM's, Directors, and fourth tier leaders in large organisations. Be referred by a past participant or email Diana